Busi­nesses warned of VAT scam

The Oban Times - - News -

AR­GYLL and Bute Coun­cil’s Trad­ing Stan­dards team is warn­ing lo­cal busi­ness about a VAT let­ter scam.

The peo­ple be­hind a pre­vi­ous UK data con­trol scam are now send­ing out debt col­lec­tion let­ters ask­ing for pay­ments. These let­ters have a Ger­man ad­dress and are headed ‘UK – DATA CON­TROL – miss­ing in­for­ma­tion on your VAT reg­is­tra­tion num­ber’.

The let­ter says the sender is look­ing to up­date VAT reg­is­tra­tion num­bers. If a busi­ness replies to the let­ter they then re­ceive an in­voice ask­ing for £790 per year for three years for in­clu­sion on the UK data con­trol por­tal.

Coun­cil­lor David Kin­niburgh said: ‘We are con­cerned that lo­cal busi­nesses might think this let­ter is an of­fi­cial com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and that they may sign and re­turn the form, lead­ing to de­mands for pay­ments. The let­ter is not an of­fi­cial com­mu­ni­ca­tion – it is a scam.’

‘If any­one re­ceives such a let­ter like this and would like ad­vice please call us on 01546 605519.’

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